Training, Opportunities and Prosperity
The Keys to Becoming a TOP Performer
What does it mean to be at the top of your game? In the simplest of terms, it means you are performing at the height of your abilities. To achieve this level of optimization requires practice, diligence, motivation, mindfulness, and as a former mentor of mine would add, a commitment to lifelong learning.
For the purpose of this article, being a top performer has a different meaning; rather, “TOP” is an acronym, the sum of its parts paving the way to achieving your professional goals. TOP refers to Training, Opportunities and Prosperity and, regardless of your experience, are essential to lasting success.
“It's all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you're properly trained.”-Queen Elizabeth II
Obviously as the CEO of a training organization, I’m going to take any occasion to advocate for training and education. But truly, training is vital to upward mobility. Training leads the charge toward becoming a well-rounded professional, and it is the key differentiator between peers, and even competitors. Training is never ending. For anyone to be their best, they need to be in a constant state of edification.
Training doesn’t need to be occupation specific; supplemental training is just as important. If you are an entry-level technician, start honing your management skills by taking a leadership course. If you are in a leadership position, learning more about workplace wellness could be a step toward creating a more-positive work environment for everyone. Care representatives could no doubt benefit from learning some tips and tricks to manage, and even mitigate, stress. Also, keep any certifications current. As with training in general, maintaining a current certificate sharpens your skillset, sets you apart from industry peers, opens the door to new opportunities, and supports your status as a TOP Performer.
“If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade.” -Tom Peters
I love this quote because there is so much truth to it. In my experience, a missed opportunity is usually the result of that voice in our head shutting us down.
I can’t apply for that job because I don’t have enough experience.
I can’t take that course, I’m too busy.
My boss will never agree to let me try that.
Where there is a will, there is a way. And, when it comes to your career, don’t put mental limits on yourself. Take every opportunity to learn, get involved, and invest in yourself. Do not allow negativity to prevent you from taking advantages of opportunities that will come your way.
Always be on the lookout for hidden opportunities. Volunteering to help on a special project at work could be a great way to network with colleagues with whom you might not otherwise have the chance. If you are required to engage in some level of training for your job, research training that carries college credits or counts toward continuing education credits for a previously-earned certificate.
Find a mentor! Having the guidance of someone you trust, and is knowledgeable and experienced, to share ideas, glean advice, and gain encouragement from, opens the door to a wide range of opportunities to improve your performance and career trajectory.
“Live long and prosper.”-Jewish Blessing (and Vulcan Greeting)
Prosperity, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is the condition of being successful or thriving. Whatever you define prosperity to mean, go after it, and let it be your guiding light in everything you do. If you believe in it and can visualize it, the more likely it will be for you to achieve it. Once you have experienced success, you will be amazed at how less daunting your next goal will seem.
To achieve prosperity, you need to have a succinct plan. First, change your language. Instead of listing reasons why you should be successful, list reasons how you will be successful. A positive mental attitude will go far to achieving prosperity. Second, don’t try to swallow the ocean; taking a goal step-by-step gives you incremental wins and reduces the likelihood of feeling overwhelmed. Third, try not to stray from your plan. It’s easy to let tasks and timelines slip, but you are only hurting yourself and delaying your success. Lastly, celebrate each step forward and don’t dwell on setbacks. Setbacks are not failures, they are opportunities to learn and grow.
The cycle of Training, Opportunities, and Prosperity never ends. Embrace lifelong learning, take advantage of any opportunity for personal and professional growth, and always strive to prosper, whatever that means to you. I encourage you to apply these principles and start your journey toward being a TOP Performer.
About Stacey Slaughter
Stacey Slaughter is Chief Executive Officer of NCTI, the Industry leader in cable and broadband training for over 50 years. She guides the company’s efforts to help clients and students achieve significant results through superior training and tools.
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